Success begins with a vision. Over the past decade, the foundations, artists, and associations we've worked with have plenty of vision. It's their ideas that can lead to effective funding programs, lasting partnerships, and — most importantly — great art.
It's getting there — realizing your vision — where we come in.
Whether it's a foundation that is creating a funding program, a theater that is strengthening its connection with audiences, or a national association that is revamping its member services, our planning process is grounded in research. By research, we mean tailoring questions and gathering specific information that prepares you to make good decisions about your organization's future. And, knowing that thorough planning is critical to ensuring fundraising success, we offer an integrated system in which we facilitate the planning process as we develop fundraising strategies and proposals.
Competition for funding is stronger than ever. Funders balance competing priorities and must justify their portfolio to their boards and to the community. Nonprofits must make a strong case for support that's backed up by solid plans and evidence of impact.
Realizing the need to strategically allocate dollars and proactively assess their impact in today's economy, our philanthropic counsel to foundations and other funders is based on 20 years of experience as a national funder.
Our insight and expertise in fundraising for nonprofits draws from that philanthropic background, and is augmented by our status as Certified Fundraising Executives. We offer diversified skills in development planning, grant writing, direct mail, capital campaigns, and other crucial areas, with a high track record of success.
For funders and nonprofits, the demand for accountability is greater than ever - and it's here to stay. Our approach to evaluation integrates the insights and experience of 25 years in the arts with a firm grounding in research methodology. Our Laboratory for Arts Evaluation™ allows you to choose from progressive alternatives for evaluation services that are tailored to your artistic mission.
- From conferences to artist gatherings to management meetings to board retreats, our approach to training and facilitation is inclusive and results-oriented, encouraging lively debate that leads to insight and triggers action.
- Our publications raise visibility for current issues and artists' vision, while illuminating national trends.
- Our guides, written specifically for artists and arts organizations, increase skills and understanding. They are designed to orient new staff, refresh the memory of more seasoned arts professionals, or distribute as training materials to board members.
We are administrators and artists that together have decades of experience as national funders and policy makers. We have advanced degrees in the arts and education, and graduate level training in research. We have received national awards in our areas of expertise and have published books and articles. And, in line with our mission and values we've built strong and trusting relationships with our clients, and value their endorsement of the results.